Are you in the pre-planning stage of starting a food business, or have an established business whose growth you want to kick-start? Community Futures of Central Kootenays, Found Tree Product Design & Partners for Growth Advisory Services is proud to be presenting another Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop! WHEN: April 12 -13, 2016; 8:30AM-4:30PM WHERE: Community Futures of Central Kootenay, 201-514 Vernon St, Nelson, BC V1L 4E7 COST: $105 (includes GST) w/ Lunch Provided The workshop is for both professional development and building up your network. It is a great opportunity to either build-out or refresh your business plan! This is a program funded … Continue reading APR 12-13: Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop, Nelson, BC
Clear Sky Meditation Centre in the East Kootenay of BC is offering two farm and food forest opportunities in 2016. About Clear Sky Meditation Centre We are meditation and retreat centre with a quadruple bottom line of economic, social, environmental and spiritual sustainability. Our one-acre food forest is one of Canada’s few larger cold climate systems. It was designed by Richard Walker and was planted in 2013, with the support of agroforestry initiative funding. Our food forest is being developed as a ‘demonstration model’ of sustainable agroforestry systems in practice. Learning how to make a food forest system financially viable, … Continue reading Zen and a Food Forest: Farm Manager Position
Hello – we at Yasodhara Ashram on Kootenay Lake want you to know that our 2016 Learning Residencies are posted and we are looking for applicants! These 4 – 8 month opportunities are a deep dive into developing personal and professional skills while expanding your own self-understanding. The program is based on experiential and self led learning within a guided mentorship. We are looking to fill 6 – 8 residencies in our Garden, Kitchen, Hospitality, Preserving Kitchen, Grounds areas. Learning Residents receive meals and accommodations for the length of their stay, a value of $1200 per month. A modest stipend is … Continue reading RESIDENCY: Come learn and grow at Yasodhara Ashram this season!
Are you a new or established agricultural producer in the Kootenays? Are you interested in becoming a local wholesale supplier to an incredible community cooperative? Join the Kootenay Co-op for their upcoming True Local Supplier Event! When: Wednesday, November 18th, 9AM – 4PM Where: Nelson Rod & Gun Club 801 Railway St, Nelson, BC V1L 1H6 To continue to develop their capacity to bring on new farmers and sell more fresh, local, organic produce the Kootenay Co-op is hosting a full day seminar focused on fostering business growth in their agricultural suppliers. Featuring: Information on opportunities for local sales and areas of likely demand for 2016 Educational opportunities … Continue reading November 18: Kootenay Co-op True Local Supplier Event, Nelson, BC
Creston Valley Tour de Farm is back on track! The day long cycling tour of 5 of our local farms has been rescheduled for September 13th. Hopefully the weather will have cooled a bit by then! For all those who had already purchased tickets, if you can’t attend on September 13, please contact Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre to arrange a refund by calling 1-866-528-4342. For those wishing to see a non-bike option, keep your fingers crossed. We will do our best to organize an alternative in the meantime! Get your bicycles tuned-up and your picnic baskets … Continue reading September 13: Creston Valley Tour de Farm, Creston BC
Contemporary cheesemaking as practiced in North America is decidedly unnatural; The Black Sheep School provides a much needed alternative. This new/old approach to cheesemaking is inspired by traditional practices, and based on the ecology of raw milk. The Black Sheep methods include cultivating starter cultures, growing the fungi that ripen cheeses, and working with the indigenous cultures of raw milk. The methods are liberating and empowering – they help cheesemakers wean themselves off packaged powdered cultures, synthetic rennets and unnecessary chemical additives and sanitizers, and help cheeses develop their best possible flavor. The Black Sheep School helps cheesemakers take back their cheese. Kootenay Food is hosting two days of Cheesemaking classes … Continue reading Upcoming Cheesemaking Workshops in the Kootenays!
Join our Community — Learn and Grow! We are excited to add 3 new positions to our Internship Program for this summer. Join our community for 4 to 6 months and practice selfless service as you gain professional skills and experience for your future. Food related internships are in Preserving Kitchen learning the skills to process and preserve the season’s bounty and a new position we are calling a Food System internship that involves working with all aspects of growing, preserving and procuring food both within our community and with local farmers of the Kootenays. For more information and to apply go to: www.yasodhara.org/karma-yoga/internships-employment/ We would like … Continue reading New Internship Opportunities at Yasodhara Ashram – preserving, processing and procurement.
Do you ever wonder how we, as consumers, can be more aware and responsible about the meat we eat? What can farmers do to sustainably increase their production and provide more local meat to the region? How can funders and policy makers help facilitate and support the changes necessary to increase production in our region? Can restaurants and local businesses bring more local meat onto their menu while still remaining affordable to consumers? After the success of the 2014 conference where over 400 people met to celebrate and discuss our local food system, Farm Food Fork returns in 2015 for … Continue reading Farm Food Fork is Raising the Steaks in the Kootenays
Learn the ins and outs of market gardening and small-scale farming and experience a stellar Kootenay summer! Crooked Horn Farm has an opportunity for 1 or 2 interns, preferably a couple, for the 2015 season, beginning mid-April until the end of October. This is a hands-on learning experience where you will gain skills in all aspects of our market gardening business, as well as various homesteading skills (canning, preserving, etc). We are a certified organic and veganic (no animal husbandry, plant-based fertility) vegetable and specialty mushroom farm located in Winlaw in the Slocan Valley, 45 km from Nelson BC. We … Continue reading Kootenays: Crooked Horn Farm 2015 Internship
We are excited to launch our expanded Internship Program with new positions for this spring and summer! Join our community for 6 to 8 months and practice selfless service as you gain professional skills and experience for your future. Internships are available on our Accommodations, Garden, Kitchen, Grounds, Marketing & Communications and Infrastructure Teams, with specializations in organic gardening, food preparation, housekeeping, photography and web design, lands and grounds management, building project coordination and management of our repair and maintenance shop. Internships at Yasodhara Ashram are a unique opportunity to deepen your skill-sets at the same time as you offer … Continue reading Yasodhara Ashram Internship Opportunities